Wheel building demonstrated

From January through March 2017, James Willaert, Wade House Curator of Interpretation, will continue to offer a series of public programs titled “Restoring the Past”, inviting visitors to participate in hands-on historic vehicle restoration activities. “Restoring the Past: Building a Wheel” will be offered on Saturdays, Jan. 14, 21 and 28, with presentations each day at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. in which Wade House visitors will see how a wheel is made.

During “Restoring the Past: Building a Wheel”, guests will join Charles DeSmet, a character based on a restoration worker, and discover that building a wheel is the most exacting part of creating a wagon. Guests will have the opportunity to see how a wheel is made as well as get the chance to try their hand at setting spokes.

Guests are encouraged to tour Wade House's 20,000 squarefoot Wesley W. Jung Carriage Museum, which houses Wisconsin’s largest collection of carriages and wagons. More than seventy percent of the vehicles on display in the museum were manufactured by the Jung Carriage Company, a carriage maker which manufactured custom vehicles in Sheboygan County in the late 19th and early 20th century. Most of the museum's vehicles were collected and restored by Wesley W. Jung, grandson of the Jung Carriage Company's founder.


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